A Republic city official says the G.O.P. primary race for state legislature in the #134 district will come down to Rep. Jim Viebrock and longtime educator Bob Bilyeu.
The government official says the other Republican contender, Mayor Jim Collins has acted like "a dictator," as leader of the city. "He downgrades fellow aldermen because they ask questions," says the official. "Collins is not a moderate," he says. "The mayor keeps shooting himself in the foot."
Yet the official, who has knowledge of the inner workings of the city government, says the Republican primary race will be close because Bilyeu is a good candidate. "He is a great man, even though I won't vote for him," says the official who is a Viebrock supporter.
"The thing about Jim is, people don't always agree with him, but he's always honest with you," says the official.
"Everyone's talking about who's going to fill Mark Wright's seat, but it's going to be nothing like this race. It's going to be highly contested, right until the end between Viebrock and Bilyeu. It's going to be very close," says the official.